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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 7, 2009 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bruce and Vince

Vince was not allowed to play piano while Bruce was around. Them's were the rules. He claimed that he didn't have much control over the output sounds -- and that it was Bralove's fault.

Generally speaking, Vince sounded much better in Hornsby-free shows.

Check out this interesting interview..

DI: Bruce Hornsby was there as a “buffer” for a while.

VW: That was the deal. The job description was “Bruce will play the piano until we work in the new guy. You will play synthesizer -- not the Hammond organ, but synthesizer.” I wish it would have been the Hammond, too. It was either space, or they wanted to phase out that sound and replace it with other stuff.

DI: So when you and Bruce played together, you had split responsibilities?

VW: I had the bogus Hammond, the one that sounded not like a Hammond. [laughs] Whenever I went to the organ, that’s what I played, and the synthesizer. I learned all those songs on the piano at home. Now I get to the stage, and, with the exception of a very few rehearsals, we were up and running on the fall tour. “I must not be a piano player,” that’s what’s going through my head. “Be anything but a piano player now.” It was challenging.

DI: When Bruce went on his way, were you able to bring those other sounds in?

VW: Oh, yeah, and Bob Bralove was supplying my midi sounds, like he did with Brent. He fires them in from afar. He sends in, not the songs, but the sounds.

DI: A lot of electronics were utilized within the whole framework of the Dead?

VW: There was a "wall" of sound effects. Bob Bralove would keep adding more effects. I have pedals to bring them up. If I had all the pedals on full, you could be hearing up to six different sounds blended together.

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Poster: Single Malt Date: Apr 7, 2009 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bruce and Vince

Interesting interview. I really liked the part when Bob asked Vince if his insurance is all paid up- funny. Obviously a reference to the hot seat.

Thanks for the link.